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NMS designates new bus park to decongest Nairobi city

By Betty Njeru | November 13th 2020
The new Green Park bus terminus at Railways Club. [Courtesy]

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has designated a new terminus at the Railways Club, as part of efforts to decongest the city.

Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) plying Ngong Road, Lang'ata Road (Kawangware, Kikuyu, Kibera, Lang'ata, Rongai, Kiserian) will now terminate at the Green Park bus terminus, formerly known as Railways Club.

“The terminus is among the newly designated termini constructed by NMS as part of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development master plan and Decongestion Strategy under which PSVs will terminate outside the CBD,” a statement by NMS read.

The bus park will serve as both a drop-off and pick-up point.

Another terminus at the junction of Bunyala and Workshop Road is under construction and will serve PSVs from Mombasa Road (South B, South C, Industrial Area, Imara Daima, Athi River, Kitengela and Machakos).

PSVs from the Mt. Kenya region that originally terminated at Tea Room, Accra Road in the Central Business District (CBD) will now move to the new Desai and Park Road termini.

“This will promote the construction of more termini to see all PSVs terminate outside the CBD to decongest the city and seat of power while ensuring affordable, accessible and functional transport solutions in Nairobi which hosts 4 million people,” NMS added.

The bus park will serve as both a drop-off and pick-up point.

The move follows the launch of commuter rail systems by the Kenya Railways, that will, according to NMS- link to the BRT for efficiency.

BRT buses will ferry passengers from railway stations to the city and vice versa and also along the select road corridors.

In addition, NAMATA has gazetted twelve mobility corridors linking Limuru, Ngong Town, Kenol, Murang’a, Kiambu, Ruai, JKIA and Konza city.

On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned five new trains, also part of the ongoing efforts to ease transport for city residents.

Uhuru unveiled the Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) as part of plans to revamp the Nairobi Commuter Rail System.

The trains are part of the 11 refurbished diesel units that Kenya bought from Spain at the cost of Sh1.17 billion.

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